Friday, February 26, 2016

Parts 4, 5 & 6 of My Small World

This is the finish of the pattern "My Small World" by Jen Kingwell. Her pattern is divided into 6 parts. My goal was to finish the quilt top by Thursday February 25th and here you go it's done!

Two halves of Part 4--minus a top row of squares! 
Once I put this section next to the rest of the quilt I realized it was a row short.
No problem.

Part 4 done!

Is this a cheating way to do the hexies?
I fused them to muslin then did the vertical seams and then the long horizontal zig-zag seam.
Part 5 done!

Part 6 done!
I didn't want the silos in the green area so I changed them to palm trees and added a cabana, and a bunch of little sailboats! I've been adding beach things all over this quilt. The bottom left corner fabric has sand and footprints.

The 2" square of stripe fabric is exactly the same as Jen Kingwell's in her original quilt "My Small World".  I put it in on purpose because that is the ONLY piece of mine that is the same as hers. I even tried to cut the stripe just like she did. :) Fun.

"Aloha!" and "Quilting Forever" appear in the sky along with a large S and H which stand for Susan Holman of course. :)

Parts 4, 5, 6 all together......

Our dog Sasha is twin sister to my son's dog Loralai so I put both of them in the quilt for fun.

Words, words words.

More fun with words.

Ta-da! It's finished. The top is about 52" x 34" before quilting.
I loved making this quilt. I used fabrics from years ago that I didn't remember that I owned. 
Now I need to decide how to quilt it.

Linking to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Parts 2 & 3: My Small World

This is my version of Part 2 of the pattern My Small World by Jen Kingwell.
The pattern is divided into 6 parts.

These 2 panels will be joined to make Part 2.
It's hard to get a good photo of a piece of patchwork that is 8 x 34!

After receiving the PDF file of foundation piecing templates from Sew What Sherlock I really started looking at the possibility to foundation piece other sections. These monkey wrench blocks can easily be foundation pieced in 3 sections. For accuracy I prefer this method.

I just love these circles in the sky! 
And look at my bird on the roof!

This is my Mouse House.
And look there is Free Parking here too.
If you go to Disney don't expect to find free parking this close!

This is Part 1 & 2 joined together.
Fun, fun, fun.....
Top of #3. I love doing the sky!!

Bottom of #3. I love the freedom of choosing ANY fabrics! NO RULES!

So this is Part 3 in 2 sections.....

And now I've got Parts 1, 2 & 3 all sewn together!!
Oh rats, I've sewn one 4"x 8" section in upside-down!
Should I change it? Probably not since the whole thing is so busy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Part 1 of "My Small World" by Jen Kignwell

I have started another fun quilt. This one will take a bit of time to complete. It must have thousands of pieces! The pattern is "My Small World" by Jen Kingwell. (33x52)

Look at all the fun things going on in this quilt!

I think she was inspired by Disney's It's A Small World!
(This photo is from the Disney in Hong Kong I think.)

This is the elusive magazine that contains the pattern!

There are some foundation piecing papers that you can get 
if you send a "ransom" photo to 
Sarah Bailey of SEW WHAT SHERLOCK? wants your face, proof you have the pattern, your Instagram name and the date in the ransom photo. She was kind enough to make these PDF files available to anyone who asks--if they pay the ransom! It makes many of the sections SO much easier and SO accurate! Thanks Sarah!!

I cut tons of 1 1/2" squares for the sky section and put them all in a box lid.

This is the beginning of Part 1. Can you see how much fun I'm having?

This is the bottom section. I'm going to use as many fabrics as I can!
This is Part 1 finished. It is 12 x 33.

Now on to Part 2....

Linking to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Dachshund For Linda

Time to make a fun quilted gift for Linda D. I've chosen to make a little quilt out of 1/2" squares because it's FUN, FUN, FUN! This is another quilt from a cross stitch pattern.

I found this pattern on the internet at a site called Cross Me Not. To make this in fabric I just need to substitute a piece of fabric for each square on the patten. Let's GO!

I printed some pages and then designed a quilty background.
I'm auditioning the fabrics here to see if they play nicely together.

I lay the 1" squares of fabric on my gridded mat to make the pattern.
The TAN mat is FULL so I must use another mat (BLUE) to continue the pattern.

This shows all the squares of the top half sewn together and half the bottom.

Now I need to sew ALL the horizontal seams.

The state flower of MD where I live is the Black Eyed Susan.
These yellow flowers with monkey face centers are "Silly Susans" because I like to add whimsey to my quilts. I also added my signature square that has my name on it. :)

See the tiny dachshund?

The quilt top is ready for quilting.

I ALWAYS add some purple to my quilts.
This quilt has a purple dragonfly.

"Misty" is 23" x 21".

Thanks, Linda, for letting me love your temperamental machine and give it a new home.

She has her own table and looks out over the golf course.

See other fine finishes at Finish It Friday.